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The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


McCart: Whiskey Bent back in Covington

Greetings! So glad y'all enjoyed the last edition and I appreciate the feedback about the album review I did of the Apostles of Bluegrass ...

June 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Rowe: The sights and sounds of summer, Part 2

In my previous column I started a series on something that both myself, and you as readers, I'm sure, are very passionate about - music ...

June 19, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

Who we are is a product of the people who shape and form our personalities long before we are fully aware of our dependence of ...

June 19, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Higher Choir opens The Listening Room

After taking off for the Memorial Day weekend, welcome back to another installment of The Minute. We have plenty to catch up on, so let ...

June 09, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Irwin: Lightning Bugs

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." – Mark Twain

June 07, 2016 | | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Most of us can deal with a loved one or ourselves being physically ill much better than we can with deal with mental illness. Perhaps ...

June 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Josh Milwood rounds out concerts on the Square

It looks like we have another great week of music ahead of us, so let's not delay and get right to who to see ...

May 26, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

One of the sure signs of spring is all of the graduation ceremonies and graduates celebrating the end of their high school careers. The sights ...

May 22, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Campbell Harrison highlights a busy music week

Thanks for all the feedback on last week's edition. There's a lot to cover, so let's get down to it.

May 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


We are looking for an old tire

Nowadays, my son, Liam, is scrolling the eBay and the Craigslist, and is perusing the Thrifty Nickel in the hopes of finding the perfect, old ...

May 15, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

Decades ago, as a nation, we declared a war on drugs. We are reminded every day that the war has not yet been won. We ...

May 15, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


The Joys of Spring

It was a long wait but spring has finally sprung, and it was worth the wait to see the flowers and trees blooming, birds singing ...

May 15, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Graduate reflects on 4-H career

The following is a speech presented at the annual 4-H banquet by Eastside high senior Mallori Johnson, reflecting on her 4-H career. Johnson was recognized ...

May 10, 2016 | By Mallori Johnson | LIVING


Home equity loan or reverse mortgage?

Your personal residence is one of your largest, if not the largest, asset you will own in your life. It's a great feeling when ...

May 10, 2016 | By Mike Lassiter | LIVING


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Marshall’s Music Minute: Hotspots in Covington

It's your pal Marshall McCart here. I'm so pumped to be doing this segment for The News to give its wonderful readership a good look at the unbelievable musical talent and great venues we have in the greater C-town area.

February 11, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


What makes Valentine's Day special?

Many of us will remember in our childhood when every student made a little decorated "mail box" with your name on it.

February 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What can we learn from a ground hog?

There it is on the calendar for February 2: "Ground Hog Day." I don't know who selects which days to note on the system my smart phone uses but one of the "holidays" chosen is "Ground Hog Day." Now there is something to be noted on the calendar for almost every day. For example did you know that if you go forward a few months that April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day? Now that I had to learn on my own, my calendar does not list that one or many others. But "Ground Hog Day" was ...

January 31, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Irwin: Why do I live in Covington? It's home.

While hashing out the idea of writing my column about Southern small town life, I settled on the name Neurotically Sentimental.

January 31, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


How we trust in God as a community and a nation?

Recently there have been debates about the use of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." It is found on the dollar bill, on the wall of the Supreme Court, and on many of our car tags. There are those that voices object to its use. They base their objection on the separation of Church and State.

January 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Blood drive to be held in memory of Jeff Blount

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 2-7 p.m. in memory of Jeff Blount at Prospect United Methodist Church in Covington, where he was an active member.

January 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Where does the trails efforts stand in our area?

Since 1998 a group of our neighbors have been committed to the dream of building a system of trials throughout our communities. They would be there for both recreational opportunities as well as being a part of a viable transportation system. The vision would have the trails connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial centers and parks.

January 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What really matters to you and your life?

For most of you reading this column today, you are still in the Happy New Year stage of the year. Oh, I know that 2016 started early Friday morning. But for most of us we have not had time to break any resolutions we made or mess up the year too bad yet. So for the next 12 months what really matters to you and your life?

January 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Why do we seem to limit so much of the goodness of Christmas to a few weeks?

December 20, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What is the Grinch all about?

This coming week sees the last of the special Christmas events brought to us by Main Street Covington under the leadership of Velinda Wheeles and her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!

December 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


What it takes to make Covington special?

One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.

November 29, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Everybody has a story

I've been asking children, "Does American history only happen to famous people?"

November 22, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LIVING


Who cares for those furry friends who have no voice?

Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.

November 15, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Thank your veterans

Have you ever thought about what Veterans Day is all about? On Wednesday we will pause as a nation and as a community to honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the spring we have Memorial Day in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this Wednesday is not only for them but all the men and women who have ever been in the service. It is an official federal holiday with most government offices and financial institution closed.

November 08, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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